Our past recent events – Docker & Cloud Foundry meetups

I’m happy to say that this year has started with a lot of energy in terms of tech events in Switzerland. January was a little quiet, with people slowly recovering from the Christmas and New Years festivities. But come February, Zurich was a very busy location with several meetups happening every week.

We also took this opportunity to get back into organising our meetups. Last week, on 17th of February we organised the 6th Docker Switzerland User Group’s meetup. The meetup was held in the premises of DeinDeal, a Swiss online shopping platform and coupons offering company, in Zurich. The meetup turned out to be quite good. More than 70 people turned up at DeinDeal’s office. There were 3 talks in total held and all of them delighted the participants with a demo about their coolness in using Docker.  Continue reading

Impressions from the UCC 2015 Conference, and Call for 2016

On four days last year, from December 7 to 10 in 2015, two representatives of ICCLab and SPLab participated actively at the 8th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Utility and Cloud Computing (UCC 2015) which attracted about 150 academic and industrial researchers to the island of Cyprus where the University of Cyprus hosted the event close to the city of Limassol. The high density of technical talks, tutorials and poster presentations has conveyed solutions to the current and even near future issues in cloud computing.

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Visualization of usage prediction in Cyclops

Cost and usage prediction can be a powerful tool in the hands of cloud operators as well as end users. Forecasting can help operators gain insights into the future trends in demand of compute, storage and network assets. From an end users’ perspective, forecasting enables them to perform budgeting. ICCLab’s RCB Initiative has been actively pursuing this subject for incorporation into Cyclops framework.

A few weeks ago, Cyclops gained a linear predictor as an additional feature, but it was not integrated in the dashboard module. In this week’s release the Cyclops team is happy to announce the Graphic Interface support for Prediction Engine. Furthermore, the prediction engine now supports random-forest prediction algorithm.

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Service Function Chaining using the SDK4SDN

Last week in Athens we integrated the SDK4SDN aka Netfloc in the T-Nova Pilot testbed in order to showcase service function chaining using two endpoints and two VNFs (Virtual Network Functions).

NETwork FLOws for Clouds (Netfloc) is an open source SDK for datacenter network programming developed in the ICCLab SDN initiative. It is comprised of set of tools and libraries that interoperate with the OpenDaylight controller. Netfloc exposes REST API abstractions and Java interfaces for network programmers to enable optimal integration in cloud datacenters and fully SDN-enabled end-to-end management of OpenFlow enabled switches.

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CNA seed project: CoreOS/Fleet implementation wrap-up

The cloud-native applications initiative started in 2014 with the aim of providing guidelines, recommendations, tools and best practices to companies and practitioners facing the daunting task of developing from scratch or migrating from legacy code an application optimized to be run in the cloud.

In order to gather practical experience, roughly one year ago the CNA seed project was kicked off, focusing explicitly on the migration of a traditional (LAMP stack) legacy application to a cloud-native architecture. In this post we relate on the results achived until now.

You can follow the progress of the CNA seed project going through the list of related blog posts collected on the initiative page (look for the “Articles” section).

One year has gone by and a small team of great people have worked together to scout, test, design, code, deploy, record, and yell at a little code base that we’re happy to share as open source on our github (https://github.com/icclab/cna-seed-project/).

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Predicting cloud usage costs with Cyclops

As part of our weekly Cyclops release, RCB team releases a significant feature this week – we announce the Prediction Microservice integration in Cyclops. With this integration, Cyclops will provide simple forecasting of usage and will predict future values. The service could be used as for customers to predict their own cost and as to cloud provider to predict revenues.  Continue reading

Wanted: Senior Researcher / Researcher in Cloud Native Applications

The Service Engineering (SE, blog.zhaw.ch/icclab) group at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) / Institute of Applied Information Technology (InIT) in Switzerland is seeking applications for a full-time position at its Winterthur facility.

The successful candidate will work in the Service Prototyping Lab (SPLab) and will contribute to the Cloud Native Applications (CNA) research initiative, see https://blog.zhaw.ch/icclab/category/research-approach/themes/cloud-native-applications/

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Wanted: Senior Researcher / Researcher for Cloud Robotics

The Service Engineering (SE, blog.zhaw.ch/icclab) group at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) / Institute of Applied Information Technology (InIT) in Switzerland is seeking applications for a full-time position at its Winterthur facility.

The successful candidate will work in the Service Prototyping Lab (SPLab) and will contribute to the research initiative on cloud robotics, see https://blog.zhaw.ch/icclab/category/research-approach/themes/cloud-robotics
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Wanted: Researcher / Software Developer for Cloud Rating-Charging-Billing Systems

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The Service Engineering (SE, blog.zhaw.ch/icclab) group at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) / Institute of Applied Information Technology (InIT) in Switzerland is seeking applications for a full-time position at its Winterthur facility.

The successful candidate will work in the InIT Cloud Computing Lab (ICCLab) and will contribute to the research initiative on advanced rating-charging-billing (rcb) systems for clouds. Continue reading